The Russian Revolution was an unparalleled disaster, but its artistic tradition remains of enormous interest.
PARIS — Beneath the bombastic Beaux-Arts dome of the Grand Palais in Paris, artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have installed an explorable city of white arches and curious pavilions dedicated to attempts and failures to reach a mystical plane.
SIENA, Italy — At the bottom of a small grotto that could easily pass for something from the medieval era there stands a small, shadowy, and delicate Carrera marble fountain that kneels in a shallow pool of water.
Last month, a large-scale public art exhibition opened quietly in Atlantic City. With commissioned pieces by Kiki Smith, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Robert Barry, and John Roloff, Artlantic, despite its silly-sounding name, boasts an impressive lineup of artists. Now the question is how to get the art world, as well as tourists, to take notice.
I have never felt I more fully embodied the role of “cultural tourist” than when I visited the 11th Havana Biennial for its opening week.